1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
4 = earth
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Hold on! The next verse let us know what happens before they put the hurt on the earth. It's something for Christians that know satan comes first.
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
Satan mark = forehead is your mind, what you think and believe, right hand is your actions. God's is The Truth in your mind= Seal of God. Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. The Truth is that satan comes claiming to be The True Christ and many that call themselves "Christians" will take the mark of satan instead. That's that they believe he is The True and go about doing the work of satan. It's NOT a chip in your hand or head. You must think spiritually brothers and sisters.
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
These 144,000, of which 12,000 of each of the 12 tribes will be speaking the Word of Truth to everyone and in the language from where they were born. Don't think for a minute these will be the only ones with The Truth. It's just that these God will use for a certain purpose. These are The Elect! Where going to go through the 12 in the next few verses.
5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
We have 72,000 so far.
7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
At 108,000 of The Elect for today. Sealed with TRUTH, to be used in this world of evil.
8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
This completes The tribes and the number of them that have The seal locked into their minds. 144,000, these have a certain purpose. They will speak The Truth and people of all tongues will hear.
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
See that? A great multitude clothed with white robes. It's because of their righteous acts they are clothed. Rev. 19:7-8 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
All of these souls have died of this flesh and are with The Lord as we read this today. They all accepted Christ and received "Salvation".
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
When we see the awesome power of our Father in His glory, what else would we do. As bad as my knees are I will have new ones to get on.
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
All that fell before The Throne said this. From the great multitude clothed with white robes, all the angels, the elders and the beast.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
The elder is asking John if he is aware of who they are. Of course the elder already knows, just as you should. These are REAL Christians. Some so called theologians will tell us Christianity didn't come until the New Testament and therefore everyone before Christ came are not Christians. They are ignorant of where Christ went after He was crucified. 1 Peter 3:18-20 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
These souls have been in the world living in troubled times. Not one person has had more than they can handle unless they refuse God. 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
Our new body will react to the elements much differently. With our LORD many thing are going to be different.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.